The upcoming Jeep Meridian three-row SUV is about for launch in India in June 2022. However you can begin testing the SUV earlier than that because the check drives and bookings are going to begin from Might. However even if you’re very a lot within the upcoming Toyota Fortuner rival, choose Jeep sellers are already accepting unofficial bookings.
The Meridian is actually a spinoff of the compass, however with distinctive design touches. For instance, the revised 7-slat entrance grille, rectangular LED headlights, and bespoke bumper design are paying homage to the Grand Cherokee. In profile, the SUV is about 354 mm longer than the Compass, and it has 158 mm between the wheels. It additionally will get 18-inch alloy wheels for distinction. Linked LED taillights spherical off the general design.
On the within, the dashboard has been faraway from the compass, although it is available in a black/brown dual-tone coloration scheme. Additionally, the Meridian will initially be supplied as a 7-seater solely. Talking of which, the third row can have stadium-like seating (situated barely greater than the second row) and appears finest suited to children.
Even the characteristic listing is nearly the identical because the Compass. Highlights embrace a digital driver show, 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system, wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, linked automobile tech, a 9-speaker Alpine sound system, panoramic sunroof, powered entrance seats with air flow and a powered tailgate.
Passenger security is taken care of by six airbags (customary), digital stability management, entrance and rear parking sensors, a 360-degree digital camera and tire strain monitoring system. The Brazilian mannequin additionally will get an Superior Driver Help System (ADAS), which isn’t supplied right here.
Beneath the hood, the Meridian will initially get the acquainted 170PS 2-litre diesel engine, mated to a 6-speed handbook and 9-speed automated transmission. Entrance-wheel drive is customary for each transmissions, whereas all-wheel drive is restricted to the two-pedal arrange solely. FYI, the 9-speed AT FWD powertrain is new and we count on it to be out there within the Compass as effectively.
The Jeep Meridian is predicted to be priced from Rs 30 lakh (ex-showroom), which places it in rivalry with the Toyota Fortuner, MG Gloster and Skoda Kodiaq.